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by Prince Of Petworth January 8, 2017 at 10:01 pm 1 Comment

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Bernardo O’Higgins was a Chilean independence leader who, together with José de San Martín, freed Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence. He was a wealthy landowner of Spanish and Irish ancestry. Although he was the second Supreme Director of Chile (1817–1823), he is considered one of Chile’s founding fathers, as he was the first holder of this title to head a fully independent Chilean state.”

  • NorCar

    Serendipity! We just returned from our first trip to Chile earlier this week and we were wondering why so many things there were named for a seeming Irishman. In our defense, we have a 4-month old and were mostly without wifi during the vacation, so we didn’t get to do even basic research on Chilean national history before or during our trip.

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